Do-it-yourself hot cocoa mix

January 23, 2018

The ingredient lists of standard grocery store hot cocoa mixes include corn syrup, carrageenan, sucralose, and a paragraph full of other additives. Premium gourmet brands, meanwhile, often pare the list down to just a few ingredientsdry milk, cocoa and sugar. If that's really all there is to it, why not skip the processing, save a few bucks, and make your own hot cocoa mix?

Four main ingredients

Hot chocolate mix is simple. Mix cocoa powder..

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How to make chocolate coated anything

January 17, 2018

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that pretty much anything tastes better when coated in chocolate. Well, maybe not everything, but you get the idea! Strawberries, candied fruit, pastries, and cakes: the list of sweet foodstuffs that can be coated in chocolate is exhaustive and ripe for exploration.

 

When it comes to chocolate-coating, there are two popular methodsmelting and temperingeach with their own..

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The cookie recipe you've always wanted

August 6, 2017

I love cookies. It doesn't matter if they're snickerdoodles or gingersnaps or chocolate chip, cookies are delectable. The recipe I'm sharing with you today is one I grew up baking. It was a close second to my mother's Congo Bars. When I was in high school, my friends and I named this cookie "DCMCOCDSMBM" or "Double Chocolate Mint Chip Oatmeal Cookies Dipped in Sugar Made By Mom". But I think you could just call these Mint Chocolate Oatmeal..

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Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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You say granita, I say delicious!

July 2, 2017

In this post, I mentioned strawberry granita as a way to use up your fresh strawberries in season. Today, I will wax poetic about granitas in general and how they are the perfect summer dessert.

What is a granita?

Granita is a frozen dessert, originally from Sicily, made by freezing liquid of your choice and fluffing the heck out of it as it is freezing. The end results falls somewhere between a sorbet, an Italian ice, and a snow cone. It's..

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How to Entertain: Crackers and Fruit Edition

June 25, 2017

So you're hosting a party, and you've chosen your cheese. Now what do you add to your plate to round it out? With so many options to choose from, here are a few things we like to serve that can add to your guests' experience, but still lets the cheese shine through.

 

Crackers

There are a huge variety of crackers out there. Start with just three kinds of crackers — one plain, one seedy or wheaty, and one with a flavoring (cheese or olive or..

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Rethinking (and re-purposing) canning jars

May 21, 2017

Canning jars have been around since 1858, when John Mason invented the first Mason jar. Originally developed to better preserve food, lately the concept of the Mason jar has undergone a renaissance. Still used for canning, these glass jars can now be found throughout your home, holding flour and spices in the kitchen, cotton balls in the bathroom, lights in your garden and, of course, actual canned food. Here are some companies who are helping..

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Swing into Summer with a new hammock

April 28, 2017

One of my favourite haunts in the garden of my childhood home was the hammock. Hanging in the shade between two massive jacaranda trees it was my go to spot. I would spend many hours swing between the trees and reading any book I could get my grubby hands on.

As you can probably gather I’m a big fan of hammocks, and I think that any garden could benefit from one. Regardless of your garden size — or lack thereof — there’s always enough space for..

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Make Your Own Cold Brew Coffee

April 16, 2017

Some people drink hot coffee year-round, but if you’re like me, you switch to iced coffee in the summer and keep the hot stuff for when it's cold outside. Cold brew has been the rage for a while now - it is known for having a lighter, smoother finish and cleaner taste compared to chilled traditionally brewed coffee. Cold brew is easy to make at home - simply steep your coffee grounds in water on your counter overnight, then filter out the..

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